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Melila Hellner-Eshed is a senior research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. She has taught for the past 25 years Jewish mysticism and Zohar at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and serves on the faculty of the Institute of Jewish Spirituality. She has been teaching and working with Jewish communities around the world. Her publications include A River Flows from Eden: The Language of Mystical Experience in the Zohar (Stanford University Press, 2009) and her new book "Seekers of…Find out more »
Chatati Is The Hardest Word Join us for Selichot services this Saturday, September 1. Our study with Rabbi Kalmanofsky begins at 10 pm, when we will reflect on our ritual confessions and personal apologies. What do we say? To whom? What do we include? What do we omit? The study session will include a writing exercise on personalizing confessions. Then, at 11 pm, please join Hazzan Hirschhorn, along with our long-time friends, AC member Mike Cohen on woodwinds and percussionist Ronnen…Find out more »
The Secret Mysticism of the Talmud Generally, Talmud is the least esoteric sort of Jewish wisdom. The Sages' care mostly about often very mundane law, like property disputes and kashrut. But Talmud also has its own occult lore. This year in Wednesday night Talmud we will study the second chapter of Tractate Hagigah, which you can purchase on-line, or through our dear friends at West Side Judaica. We'll read stories of mystical rabbis, and we will supplement the Talmud's material…Find out more »
Join Rabbi Yael for a deep dive into the ancient ritual of mikvah. We will demystify this mysterious Jewish space by exploring traditional and contemporary, creative uses of mikvah. How can mikvah be used as a ritual for healing, or to mark the passage of time and life transitions? This class may be for you if you are curious about mikvah, or if you want to experience mikvah for the first time with a supportive community. Or, this class may…Find out more »
EARLY MORNING STUDY WITH RABBI KALMANOFSKY The tradition of Jewish wisdom stretches back millennia, to times and places unimaginably different from our own. Sometimes we can apply ancient wisdom to modern problems, and sometimes that's not so easy. Each month we will study modern rabbinic attempts – mostly heterodox, sometimes more traditional – to answer today's questions, in areas like medical, social, economic, and political ethics. Second TUE of the month at 8:15AMFind out more »
Is the Torah Patriarchal? If so, then What?
The Bible comes from a non-egalitarian society and is filled with accounts – some beautiful, some disturbing – about sex and gender. Please join Rabbi Amy Kalmanofsky, Bible professor from JTS, to study what Jews today do with the canon we’ve inherited.
Jewish Values in Contemporary America
After services, we will break into small group discussions over lunch. Each table will address different issues regarding intimate relationships, including sources drawn from Jewish tradition and the news. High school students will have their own table for their own conversation.
SUN, September 23; TUE, December 4; SUN, TUE, April 16 Every mitzvah you perform can be a poetic and spiritual moment for you, your friends and family, and community. Join Rabbi Kalmanofsky, Rabbi Hammerman, and Hazzan Hirschhorn for a series of ritual workshops throughout the year to expand your repertoire of the mitzvot you feel comfortable performing at home and in synagogue. A great way to learn how to make kiddush and havdalah, wear tallit and tefillin, enrich your seder,…Find out more »
Bring your lunch, and come and meet DOROT’s Action Reconciliation Service for Peace (ARSP) volunteer, Lukas Baur, as he talks about his journey from Germany to the United States for a year of volunteering with DOROT. RSVP to Yael Kornfeld at 917-441-3705 or at email@example.comFind out more »